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by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Gone are the days when hard rock was exclusively a boys’ thing, women’s role within the genre limited only to rolling around on the hood of a Jaguar – at least, it seems so! Although the ‘80s saw the rise (and fall) of a few notable female-fronted [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – German hard rock group 21 Octayne makes their debut this year with Into the Open. While probably not quite a “supergroup,” the band is made up of some veterans of the hard rock and metal scenes, including vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe [...]
by John Kindred - Publisher – Guitarist Jeff Summers (Statetrooper) and vocalist Danny Hynes have revived their ‘80s NWOBHM band, Weapon. Officially known today as Weapon (UK), it seems another group had formed under the same name, and to stay away from any legal issues, UK was added to [...]
by Deb Rao - Senior Columnist – It has been two decades since Kix has released any new music. This is all about to change, as the pride of Maryland gear up for the release of Rock Your Face Off on Aug. 5 via Loud And Proud Records. A lot has changed since the heyday of metal. But it is good [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – Generic and repetitive, being a third-league copy of the particular artist’s original band – or too drastically apart from the previously taken music direction, laden with unnecessary sound experiments. That’s how things usually end up for musicians [...]
by Matt Karp - Senior Columnist – After 2011s’ Top Heavy album, Pennsylvanian trio On Top follow up with a four track EP full of sleazy swagger. 80s’ influenced glam metal continues to be a revisited and revitalized genre, and with “No Shame,” Top To Bottom opens with a huge middle [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Denver-based hard rockers Red Tide Rising delivered a new studio album – their third overall – earlier this year. The album is appropriately titled The Rising, and with it the band hopes to make the jump from regional act to the national [...]
The Hardrock Haven staff is taking a nostalgic trip back to the ’80s, taking aim at those Hard Rock and Metal albums that made us fans of the genre(s). Whether it was the angst-driven anthems or the overly decadent lifestyle, the ’80s defined a music era that was hammered into our [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – Two years after the release of the original album, The Veer Union have re-packaged their third record, fully remastering the 10 tracks that made the first cut, and adding three new numbers. The album is just as good as before, and with the instrumentation [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With enthusiastic reviews from the renowned UK music magazines – from Kerrang! and Classic Rock to Fireworks – and names such as Voodoo Six or Sisters of Mercy featured in résumé of the respective band members, Night By Night are a band you can’t [...]
by Ron Higgins - Columnist – A Stan Bush record is like an episode of “Modern Family”— you can always count on it being good. The Ultimate, his twelfth studio album in over 30 years, is no exception. And to be clear, it’s not a greatest hits record but it’s certainly filled with [...]
by Matt Karpe - Senior Columnist – South Africa’s finest rock band return with their sixth studio album Isolate and Medicate, with just under 40 minutes of trademark post-grunge anthems. Seether have always been masters at writing gloomy angst ridden songs with catchy radio friendly [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – Having released an album of new music in 2013, Grip, M!ss Crazy wasted no time in churning out another blazing and brazen gem of ‘80s flavored Hard Rock/Metal called Resurrection Hard Rock. If for some reason you haven’t checked out these guys yet, [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – It’s been more than a decade since the Polish band Kruk (‘kruk’ is ‘the raven’ in English, hence a bit of ornithological terminology) left the nest and embarked on their musical journey. Throughout this flight, Kruk had their deserved share of [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Tattooed Woman is the debut album from Miracle Master, the new German melodic hard rock band formed from the ashes of Pump. Pump didn’t exactly set the melodic rock world on fire, but now that they’ve hooked up with Danish vocalist Oliver [...]
by Derric Miller - Managing Editor – There are entirely too many bands whom writers and critics call underrated. The only time all of them are right is when they use “underrated” and “Lillian Axe” in the same sentence. The album Love and War should be on everyone’s “if stranded [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – With their musical résumés content-rich (and their family connections influential – one of the band’s two guitarists, Sebastian LaBar, is the son of Cinderella’s Jeff LaBar ), a Philadelphia-based act Mach22 has just released their debut album [...]
by Justin Gaines - Senior Columnist/News Editor – Originally self-released last year (and now given a proper CD release by the Kivel label), Unhinged is the third album from Bay Area hard rockers Madman’s Lullaby. They’re a relatively recent band, but their sound is anything but, drawing [...]
by Alexandra Mrozowska - Columnist – These days, artistic collaborations between well-known musicians are nothing rare and the number of star-studded projects spring up like mushrooms. Still, WAMI is a unique formation for many reasons – the whole idea for this project was started by Marco [...]
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